Editor’s note: This is part of a series of updates on campuswide diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives that will continue throughout the year.
Several campus initiatives seeking to eliminate barriers to the academic, research and career success of students, faculty and staff are underway through a seed grant program led by the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Seed grants awarded to campus projects promoting diversity, equity, inclusion
Twenty-two campus initiatives seeking to eliminate barriers to the academic, research and career success of students, faculty and staff are underway through a seed grant program led by the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Five summer 2023 grant proposals and 17 others slated for the 2023–24 academic year received seed grant funding through the DEI Impact Grant program. The program stems from a recommendation by the IDEA Council, the campus body prioritizing recommendations in the Inclusion, Diversity and Excellence in Academics (IDEA) Plan.
At its essence, the grant program’s intent is to support and highlight new and existing efforts that operationalize and enhance the capacity of academic and administrative units to deepen progress on the campus’s five DEI goals inspired by the IDEA Plan, said Lynda Duran, program and assessment manager for the DEI Impact Grant program.
“We are excited to showcase the innovation and ideas percolating up from our administrative and academic units to support student, staff and faculty success, especially among members of historically minoritized groups,” Duran said. “We see so much potential to nourish the roots of existing and new DEI initiatives throughout campus, and the DEI Impact Grants are just one very tangible way we are able to do that.”
This year’s funded projects—most of which will support student academic success—run the gamut from a summer bridge program that will enable community college students to conduct biosciences research in faculty-led labs to an aerospace engineering program for students seeking to explore space-related research.
Grant proposals for summer programs are due in January and proposals for the academic year are due in February. A trained team of faculty and staff volunteers then evaluate submissions based on how well they align with the five DEI goals, on the rigor of expected outcomes and assessments, and on ongoing unit support for the proposed initiatives.
The grants enable academic and administrative units to “seed the soil for work they are ready to do” to support students, faculty and staff who have encountered barriers to academic, research and career success at CU Boulder, Duran said.
A full list of funded proposals and more information about submission deadlines and requirements can be found on the Impact Grants webpage.